Courtroom extends Shahid Khaqan abbasi remand in LNG reference

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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court docket on Tuesday prolonged judicial remand of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Liquefied Pure Gasoline (LNG) contract rip-off, ARY Information reported.

All accused together with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appeared earlier than the Islamabad accountability court docket right now. The court docket has granted exemption to former finance minister Miftah Ismail from showing within the listening to.

The decide summoned report about arrest warrant of absconding accused Shahid Islam from the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB), who had additionally skipped the earlier court docket proceedings of the case.

Prices couldn’t be framed within the case resulting from absence of an accused, the decide stated. The case proceedings will transfer forward after report about arrest warrant of absconding accused will probably be submitted, the court docket stated.

The court docket additionally ordered chairperson Oil & Gasoline Regulatory Authority (OGRA), Uzma Adil and former chairman Saeed Ahmed to submit surety bonds of 10 million rupees every to make sure their presence within the case listening to.

The court docket prolonged judicial remand of Shahid Khaqan till February 04 and adjourned additional listening to of the case until the date.

LNG scandal

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail, ex-PSO MD Imranul Haq and others are dealing with expenses of corruption over awarding a LNG import contract allegedly at exorbitant charges in 2015, which triggered an enormous loss to the nationwide exchequer.

NAB sources stated that Abbasi, in 2013, had awarded a LNG import and distribution contract to the Elengy Terminal in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) guidelines and related legal guidelines.

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